SXSW in Austin has become one of the most popular festivals in the country that encompasses film, music, comedy, and more. But, as you can imagine, everything has gone virtual. So this year, you can cancel all your travel plans because SXSW is coming to you.
This year’s festival runs from March 16th through the 20th. The way that the stand-up performances were done was that they went to various clubs throughout the country, filmed sets from a bunch of different comics, and will be featuring them throughout the festival.
There’s also other events going on. Last summer, Rebecca Trent, owner of The Creek and Cave which recently relocated to Austin, and Michael Che put together a comedy fundraiser titled Bring Back Laughs. The fundraiser was performed in a parking lot, with the bed of a pickup truck acting as the stage. And now SXSW is bringing you a special presentation of that event. Performers included Carmen Lynch, Janeane Garofalo, Lucas Brothers, Myq Kaplan, Nore Davis, Rojo Perez, Roy Wood Jr., Tone Bell, and Victor Varnado.
Also, returning for his annual SXSW edition of his podcast, Doug Loves Movies, is Doug Benson. The podcast, which is done remotely in quarantine, will feature guests Arden Myrin, Jerry Trainor, and Rob Benedict. And speaking of podcasts, Matt Besser, who was a cofounder or the Upright Citizens Brigade is bringing his improv4humans podcast to SXSW. Each week, Besser shows off his improvisational talents alongside some of the best improvisers in the world.
Check out the stand-up lineup below.
Acme Comedy Co. (Minneapolis)
Comedians: Chloe Radcliffe, Greg Coleman, Mike Earley, Shannan Paul, Tommy Ryman
Dynasty Typewriter (Los Angeles)
Comedians: Beth Stelling, Billy Wayne Davis, Daniel Webb, Joel Kim Booster, Kimberly Clark, Reggie Watts
Gotham Comedy Club (New York City)
Comedians: Erin Jackson, Matthew Broussard, Monroe Martin, Nathan Macintosh, Ophira Eisenberg
Comedians: Chris Porter, Donnell Rawlings, J.F. Harris, Lara Beitz, Pete Lee, Orlando Leyba
Laughing Skull Lounge (Atlanta)
Comedians: Clayton English, Ian Aber, Katie Hughes, Lace Larrabee, Shaunak Godkhindi
The Stand NYC
Comedians: Dan Soder, Derek Gaines, Emma Willmann, Ian Lara, Rosebud Baker, Sam Jay, Shane Gillis
Zanies Comedy Club (Chicago)
Comedians: Calvin Evans, Correy Bell, Em Brown, Matty Ryan, Sarah Perry
Passes for this year festival can be purchased here.